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Challenge your struggling readers and English Language Learners to successfully tackle difficult text! This 27-page document includes Constructing Meaning-style text of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail" and is chunked with
Subjects:
English Language Arts, EFL - ESL - ELD, Reading Strategies
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Printables
CCSS:
RI.9-10.1, RI.9-10.2, RI.9-10.4, RI.9-10.9, RI.11-12.1, RI.11-12.4, RI.11-12.9
$3.75
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These student reference sheets for synthesis, rhetorical analysis, and argumentation are an easy-to-use tool that AP Language and Composition students will turn to again and again. Perfect for introducing the course, teaching each essay, or
Subjects:
English Language Arts, ELA Test Prep, Writing-Essays
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Study Guides, Handouts, Printables
$3.50
66 ratings
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Challenge your students to blend close reading and argumentation skills as they broaden their world views! Assertion journals--written responses to pithy quotations--are an integral part of my classroom. Through them, students learn to think
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities, GATE
$20.00
$18.00
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Empower your students to think critically about ANY TEXT with this highly engaging rhetorical analysis game! Students will beg to play KABOOM as a review, discussion, or oral rehearsal for upcoming assessment. To play KABOOM, students draw
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Oral Communication, Reading Strategies
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Games, Graphic Organizers
$4.00
45 ratings
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Are you looking for ways to increase your students' engagement and choice while holding them accountable for rhetorical analysis skills and knowledge? This portfolio assignment allows students opportunities to exercise their creativity while honing
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Essays, Informational Text
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Projects, Assessment, Rubrics
$3.75
34 ratings
4.0
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Increase students’ facility for rhetorical analysis of complex texts with three AP Language and Composition-style multiple choice passages. Multiple choice is a daunting part of the AP Language and Composition exam. This practice pack will help
Subjects:
Reading Strategies, Informational Text, Close Reading
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Test Prep, Assessment
$4.00
33 ratings
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By The Rhetor's Toolbox
Looking to add new AP Language and Composition resources to your digital file cabinet? This bundle is perfect for the beginning AP Lang teacher needing a starting point and the experienced teacher looking for some fresh ideas and resources.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Critical Thinking, Classroom Management
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Printables
$100.00
$80.00
46 ratings
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Help students master the art of close reading with two analysis graphic organizers. In the first template, students use rhetorical analysis strategies to analyze texts through the PASTA device. Students are prompted to craft side-by-side summaries
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading Strategies, Close Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Handouts, Printables, Graphic Organizers
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.4
$1.25
31 ratings
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The lost art of the breakup letter is making a comeback! In this two- to three-day lesson, students will work in small groups to research argumentation structures, write persuasive love letters in response to a vicious breakup scenario, and present
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Valentine's Day
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Cooperative Learning
$2.50
20 ratings
3.9
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Students will beg, plead, implore you to play The Game again and again. Year after year, my students cite The Game as one of their most memorable, provocative, and useful activities. This team-based approach introduces students to argumentation
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Gifted and Talented, Writing
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Assessment, Games, Cooperative Learning
$3.00
27 ratings
4.0
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Teach students to read closely through levels of questioning. Costa’s levels of questioning are the perfect Common-Core-aligned tools to help students develop awareness and agency over their own reading processes. Inside, you’ll find alignment
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading Strategies, Close Reading
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Handouts, Printables, Graphic Organizers
$4.50
23 ratings
4.0
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Help your students improve their concentration and relieve stress with research-backed Brain Breaks. This collection of activities is perfect for middle and high school students (even upper-classmen!) Prep is minimal; you'll get printer-friendly
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Classroom Community
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
$3.00
27 ratings
3.8
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By The Rhetor's Toolbox
Challenge your struggling readers and English Language Learners to successfully tackle difficult text! This Constructing Meaning-style text of Abraham Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address" is two pages, double-spaced, with line numbers. In the right
Subjects:
English Language Arts, EFL - ESL - ELD, Reading Strategies
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Printables
$3.00
23 ratings
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These research-based (Marzano) proficiency scales for synthesis, rhetorical analysis, and argumentation will foster a growth mindset in your AP Language and Composition students while making strong essay writing achievable. Proficiency scales marry
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Essays
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Assessment, Printables, Rubrics
$2.50
24 ratings
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Challenge your struggling readers and English Language Learners to successfully tackle difficult text! This 13-page document includes Constructing Meaning-style text of Elie Wiesel's "Perils of Indifference" speech. In the right margin, students are
Subjects:
English Language Arts, EFL - ESL - ELD, Reading Strategies
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Printables
$3.25
14 ratings
3.9
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By The Rhetor's Toolbox
Teaching students to analyze tone is tricky! These graphic organizers walk them through tone analysis for a short story, step by step. Students will start by summarizing the text and examining character descriptions and actions. They will examine
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Short Stories, Close Reading
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Handouts, Printables, Graphic Organizers
CCSS:
RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.4, RL.7.1, RL.7.2, RL.7.4, RL.8.1, RL.8.2, RL.8.4, RL.9-10.1, RL.9-10.2...
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Help your students improve the precision and power of their writing! This student handout provides over 100 verbs to help students write effective analysis and nearly 400 verbs to help students write stronger arguments. Suitable for all levels of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Vocabulary, Writing-Essays
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
Types:
Handouts, Printables
$1.25
18 ratings
4.0
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Teach sophisticated thesis writing with this bundle! Buy the note-taker/graphic organizer (key included) and PowerPoint presentation bundle together and SAVE! This bundle is designed to support students in responding to the synthesis prompt on the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Other (ELA), Writing-Essays
Grades:
11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities, Graphic Organizers
CCSS:
CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.4
$6.00
$5.40
15 ratings
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This extensive Ultimate Tone List will give your students a bank of sophisticated words to use in their analysis of complex texts. Two versions provide you options for differentiation and flexibility if you move levels. In Version #1, words are
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Vocabulary, Close Reading
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Handouts, Printables
CCSS:
W.9-10.2d, W.9-10.2e, W.11-12.1d, W.11-12.2e, CCRA.R.4
$2.50
11 ratings
4.0
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Cubing is a writing exercise in which AP Language and Composition students will explore a concept through six "sides" of a cube, from description to taking a stance. Each side is increasingly complex and will challenge your students to think
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Critical Thinking, Writing-Essays
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), PowerPoint Presentations, Test Prep
$2.50
17 ratings
3.9
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I am a Gifted and Talented Coordinator with experience teaching English Language Arts in grades 9-12, including ELD, reading intervention, co-op special education, and AP Language and Composition classes. I am constantly seeking ways to improve my practice so that all levels of students receive the best possible education. In addition to teaching, I am the education director at a summer camp for gifted and talented students.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I believe in innovation, creativity, and passion; as educators, much of what we do depends on what we prioritize in our classrooms. I try to balance Constructivist approaches with college preparation, philosophy, and social justice so that students are prepared for testing, college, and career while considering the moral and social implications of all that they do.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Summer Camp Keynote Speaker, 2012 and 2013 Technology Grant Recipient: class laptops and Promethean board National Society of Collegiate Scholars, 2006-present University of Northern Colorado College of Humanities and Social Sciences Award of Excellence, 2008 University of Northern Colorado Honors Program Award of Excellence, 2008

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I earned my BA in English in 2009 and my MA in Gifted and Talented Education in 2017. After my student teaching, I began teaching in an urban school district in the Denver area after working as a substitute. I have completed graduate work in teaching English Language Learners.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

When I'm not in the classroom, I love spending time with my husband (also an English teacher), preschooler, toddler, and dog. We hike, camp, fish, ski, and generally soak in the great outdoors.

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